Georgia won because the Bulldogs were the best team in college football this season. Georgia won, because Georgia has a slightly better overall roster than does Alabama. Georgia won because the Bulldogs were more physical than the Tide, particularly in the fourth quarter. Georgia won because the Bulldogs were the fresher and more focused team in the fourth quarter. Georgia won because the Dawg defense often made Bryce Young look like he is just two years removed from high school, which he is. Georgia won because after turning the ball over, leading to an Alabama’s only touchdown of the night and giving the Tide the lead, the Bulldogs made a conscious decision to get hyper-aggressive rather than hyper-tense and conservative. Georgia won because ultimately Kirby Smart and his staff out-coached Nick Saban and his staff. Georgia won because it made better adjustments following the SEC Championship Game than Alabama did. Georgia won in part because Tide Offensive Coordinator Bill O’Brien had no real counter-move. Georgia won because that is a generationally-great defense, and that still matters as much as it ever did.
Alabama lost. Alabama is still the greatest program in college football. Alabama lost because stuff happens. Alabama lost because in a rematch between good teams, the winner of the first game is almost always at a disadvantage. Alabama lost because the right side of its offensive line has been shaky all year, and that bit them in the tookas at crucial times Monday night in Indy. Alabama lost because it was Georgia’s time.
So, did Alabama “not belong” in the championship game because the Tide lost? Did Cincinnati and Michigan not belong in the CFP, because they lost in the semis? You do realize that somebody has to lose these games, right?
This was about the “cleanest” season we’ve had in college football in the CFP Era. The committee selected the right four teams, and seeded them in the right order. Nobody got “jobbed” or “cheated” or (oh, please) “disrespected.”
They got the best four teams. The best of the four won the title.
We don’t need 16. We don’t need eight.
I’m already looking forward to next year’s Georgia-‘Bama rematch.
Yes, I admit it. It’s fun to watch your heads explode.